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Learning is the first step to playing your role in preventing substance misuse.

Drug misuse comes with a host of negative, short- and long-term effects. It can lead to lung cancer, psychosis, mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, heart attack, overdose, and addiction. Addiction compels people to seek out drugs despite any negative consequences that might be incurred. As a disease, it hijacks the brain to create an intense craving for the addictive drug or behavior. That craving can override other thoughts and needs in the brain, including desires to care for an infant, build and maintain healthy relationships, work, have fun, take care of oneself, and protect oneself from harmful situations. It changes how you think and how you behave.

By contrast, prevention helps people develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to make healthy choices about drugs, and it aims to delay or completely avoid the misuse of drugs. It builds up you, your family, and your community so that all can thrive without the harmful effects of substance misuse. In fact, prevention has been touted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse as the best strategy for addressing addiction.

Here, we’ve collected a variety of resources to help you understand prevention, addiction, various substances, and more. Each of these resources contains key information about its topic, references to high-quality research and reports, resources to support further learning, or more. You’re welcome to not only read them but to share them widely with friends, family, and members of your community.

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09.15.23

The Strategic Prevention Framework Infographic

The Strategic Prevention Framework is a process to understand and address substance misuse and related problems in our communities. It...
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09.15.23

The Strategic Prevention Framework Fact Sheet

The Strategic Prevention Framework is a process to understand and address substance misuse and related problems in our communities. It...
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09.15.23

Prevention 101

Prevention is the act of going “upstream” to learn why a problem is occurring in the first place. It addresses...
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08.08.23

Grief Resource Packet

This packet of information can provide you with some valuable resources to help you cope and lead to a deeper...
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07.24.23

Know! to Support Positive Identity Formation

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07.20.23

Gambling Help Ohio

Ohio Problem Gambling Online Resource Directory: Helplines and online resources for problem gambling. Resources maintained by the United Way of...
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07.20.23

Ohio for Responsible Gambling

Ohio for Responsible Gambling is an initiative aimed at promoting responsible gambling in Ohio, for those who gamble. Four state...
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07.20.23

National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) serves as the national advocate for programs and services to assist people and...
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07.20.23

Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

Problem Gambling Network of Ohio (PGNO) is committed to providing leadership & innovation to enhance Ohio’s problem gambling service system...
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07.20.23

Change the Game Ohio

Change the Game was developed to raise awareness of the realities of youth gambling and equip parents and educators to...
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07.20.23

Pause Before You Play

Pause Before You Play is a responsible gambling awareness campaign created by Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) and is supported by funds...
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07.20.23

Know, Secure, Dispose

Prescription drugs are meant to help us, but they can harm ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities when they’re...
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